Econo Lodge Conference Center
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Nice hotel, grouchy staff, bad area
Yes, the area is really, really bad. As I was driving thru and about to go look for a hotel elsewhere, I finally saw the hotel. It gave me hope. Inside, it was clean, with a huge lobby. Check in line was incredibly slow; 4 people behind the desk, only 2 working. The other two were training, perhaps? Checked in, room key didn't work. Another guest told me she had the same problem every day of their stay. Two trips later, the room key still doesn't work; they re-key again. Finally, it does!
I got a room next to the pool that opens indoors. I prefer this over rooms that open outdoors, so you may want to specify when booking.
Called ext. 307 (no answer) and 308 for room service as specified in room service menu. Was told by Linda at x308 that I needed to call 307 and she didn't sound too happy about it. I called 307 and got hung up on twice. Thought perhaps they couldn't hear me. Called front desk and was told that the x307 phone is broken and they cannot hear on it. Besides, front desk says they have NEVER had room service. They seem perplexed by my showing them the three places in their room brochure where "ROOM SERVICE" and the extensions are mentioned. Perhaps i'm the only person who stays at a hotel that actually reads the literature they leave for guests?
So, I would say CLEAN hotel, good amenities. Poor service; the staff seems perplexed to be running the hotel. Did they all just start their jobs this week? Perhaps management is behind on their paychecks? The hotel just opened? In any case, if you don't expect service or the room key to work the first two times; you'll love it. I'm going out to eat dinner; after the whole Room Service experience, I can just hear them now, "You mean you want food, oh, we don't serve food here..."
Why all the negative reviews??
My sister and I stayed overnight here (Friday Dec 3, 2004) before attending the final football game of the season for FSU. We found the staff to be very friendly, the room was very clean and in "like new" condition. We had an inside room with a wonderful view of the lobby and fountain. We opted to upgrade our free continetal breakfast to the hot breakfast buffet only $4.95 and found the dining room to be very clean. The staff was very friendly and helpful and the breakfast was great! It's true, one might be inclined to consider the neigborhood rundown but I did not feel unsafe. It's right off I75 and well lit at night.
NICE HOTEL, GREAT STAFF, BAD AREA
This hotel is really nice. The staff are very friendly and the hotel is made almost like a resort.
However, the area that the hotel is in is really rough. The local stores are robbed frequently and there are street fights quite regularly.
A couple of streets over they have some nicer areas.
I would recomend the hotel again, I just wish it was in a different area.
It is only one minute drive from Busch Gardens which is great
Go somewhere else
Hotel appearance OK...Staff very nice...Rooms were below par: decor was shabby; bathroom was in need of repair (tiles broken/poorly repaired;toilet bowl was loose; noisy air conditioner; window drapes/covers were real cheap. The surrounding area is run down/commercial...very depressing.
The staff was nice, hotel was in progress of painting rooms, pool and one hot tub was broken (COLD WATER), the second hot tub had brown water and you had to share with 8+ other peope. Do not stay in the back of the hotel, scary.
I recently stayed at the Comfort Inn Conference Center on Busch Blvd.
with my family and we liked it! They have a beautiful indoor pool, which allowed my kids to swim at night and the staff was wonderful! The rooms were clean and you can't beat the price!
Drive past this one.
The hotel staff was nice, but the place was a dump. The hot tub smelled like pee. The beds and pillows would be better at a refugee camp. The neighborhood could rival a city in Iraq. The whole area around Busch Gardens is alittle dummpy.
Ugh. Do NOT stay here. It is musty, gross, and unsafe. There are like 50 hotels in this area to pick from. Just avoid this one, seriously.
Okay, Busch Gardens isn't exactly in the best neighborhood. This hotel is close to Busch Gardens but that is not a good thing. Businesses in the surrounding area have barbed wire fences and bars on the windows. We wound up in a room on the back of the hotel. It was musty and damp. There was a big black mold spot on the carpet by the sliding glass door. If you must stay here, definately pay extra to reserve a room in the courtyard area. The indoor pool is in the courtyard though and you may have a lingering chlorine smell. At least you might feel a little safer. Chlorine in the pool was so strong that after a few minutes, my husbands grey shorts turned yellow. One exit down the highway had hotels and restaurants that were MUCH nicer!
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... We have learned that you have to travel over there before 10 in the morning to not get stuck in lineups and have no difficulty with parking!!
It was the wine and olive festival in Edgewater Park today. We visited with people from Washington ,DC,New Orleans and Maryland. We absorbed as much info as we could about New. Orleans ,our next destination.
Sat with an older couple ...
... of reminded me of the area around the Phoenix arena..
Amalie arena is very nice ....holds over 19000 people and we weren't surprised to see a terrific show of red jerseys on the streets prior to game time. Also, we were treated to a performance of an Irish band just outside the doors
Gametime- the fans around us were a mix of hometown and many québécois Canadians ...all in good spirits..We sat up in the third tier ...
... times we were stopped or creeping along at a few miles an hour for miles on end, and there appears to be no reason for it. ie accidents. Anyway we turned off the expressway onto a very minor road that lead into Tarpon Springs. It turned out to be a beaut little fishing village, and very popular as the place was crowded with tourists/visitors. We ate some excellent genuine, and cheap, greek fare at a nice restaurnt overlooking the port and had a drink then we ...
... road and everything fell short of what was imagined... The two week stay in Grams Place has softened me up and I must again get back into 'the moment'... However, the new hostel is great and my prays have been answered by having a bed in a dorm all to myself - the first time in two and half months on the road! I am sitting in a beautiful garden and all is quiet - a great place for a beer before bed... Love and light as one fellow traveller once told me x x ...
... I guess I'll find out when I get there! The Hotel Itinerary is below the flight info. I'll post more later as I think of stuff.
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Thursday March 21st
Depart Tampa on American Airlines flight 1927 on Thursday March 21st at 9:20am
Arrive Miami at 10:55 am (5 hour and 30 ...